Generally, digital divide is defined as the gap between nations which can and cannot afford and effectively harness the new information and communication technology. It is, however, not merely a technology divide, but an inequitable distribution of power and prosperity. People without access are increasingly being excluded from education, healthcare, good governance and the means to improve their livelihoods.
This paper looks at Digital Divide as a complex problem that manifests itself in different ways in different countries. It makes an in depth analysis of the divide from socio-economic perspectives, using India as an example. It gives a clear picture of the real domestic disparities, which may give rise to a social conflict between the haves and the have-nots. The paper also suggests some local/region – specific solutions based on grass-root realities by which this long-standing imbalance can be solved effectively.
Number of Words: 6,500
Number of Pages: approx. 22
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